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crunch·y [kruhn-chee] adjective, crunch·i·er, crunch·i·est.

  • Crunchy granola: health-conscious and environmentally aware (“One of those crunchy gals who insists on making her own cosmetics.”)

It’s getting mighty crunchy around here. Why? Take a gander at this list of ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics. Making your own cosmetics is not only better for you, it’s simple and cost-effective. Win, win, win.

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Lip Balm

Long-lasting and super moisturizing! But beware, coconut oil melts at 76 degrees; thus, you may not want to carry this around in your pocket all day or leave it in your car in the summer.

Half recipe from SouleMama

  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 1  tbsp. raw honey
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and honey in a double boiler over low heat. Remove mixture from heat, cool until you can hold a finger in the mixture for longer than 30 seconds. Stir in peppermint oil. Pour into tubes or tins, cool completely.

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Bug Spray

It’s mosquito season in our neck of the woods, so we’ve armed ourselves with this homemade concoction. I love that it’s non-greasy and that I can just spray it on. The peppermint oil is nice for those hot, sweaty days. Yay, Missouri.

  • 1/4 c. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. vodka
  • 1/4 c. water (distilled, filtered or spring)
  • 20-25 drops each eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint, and lavender essential oils
  • 4-5 drops each cajeput, cedarwood, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Shake well before each use.

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Face Wash #2

Just a variation on face wash #1.

  • 1/4 c. rosewater
  • 1/4 c. aloe vera juice
  • 2 tbsp. green tea (steeped in filtered water)
  • 2 tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. with hazel
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. liquid castile soap
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops rose essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into a clean pump bottle.

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Cracked Heel Balm

I was actually trying to make lotion, but it turned out to be a balm. Too greasy for the hands, but well-suited for cracked heels. I hope my mom loves it!

  • 2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined shea butter
  • 3 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. jojoba oil
  • 1/8 tsp. vitamin E oil
  • essential oil blend (10-15 drops each of frankincense, jasmine, rose, rosemary, sandalwood)

Melt beeswax, butter, and oils in a double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat and cool until you can hold a finger in the mixture for longer than 30 seconds. Stir in vitamin E oil and essential oil blend. Pour into a clean jar. Cool completely before putting on lid.

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Liquid Hand Soap

All the recipes I found for liquid hand soap involved grating a bar of soap and adding it to steaming hot water. I can’t figure out why anyone would go to the trouble of grating a bar of soap when one could just… use a bar of soap. -?- I like liquid hand soap though, so I reworked my face wash recipe into this naturally germ-busting hand soap. Grating be damned.

  • 1 c. aloe vera juice
  • 3/4 c. rosewater
  • 1/4 c. witch hazel
  • 1/4 c. liquid castile soap
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drop lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 tsp. xanthan gum

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into pump bottles.

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